My largest and last show of the year opens on Thursday in Chicago; and this year — the One of a Kind Show and Sale.

I’ve been working hard to complete a whole new collection of jewelry crafted from broken dishes, and I wanted to give you a sneak peek… without having to make a trip to Chicago. This video showcases some of my favorites, AND I’ve even added several to my online store, so head to my site. Just realize that on Wednesday evening, I’ll be taking these pieces out of the online store and moving them to the One of a Kind Show… so if you want one, you’ll have to act. Enjoy!


Roseville 1890 – 1954

One of several Ohio potteries that gained prominence at the turn of the century.

Became known for exquisite examples of Arts and Crafts period colors and design

Now ranks among the most-prized American pottery

Christmas Tree by Spode 1938 – Present

Introduced in 1938 by Copeland Spode in Stroke-on-Trent, England

Production continues today and has inspired variations by other manufacturers

Early hand-tinted editions can be dated by their mark on the back or underside


English Transferware 1756 – Present

Early patterns copied hand painted dishes imported from Asia

Factories employed women to “transfer” tissue-printed images onto china

One of history’s earliest and most successful examples of mass production

Four Coly Birds 1973

Haviland Limoges’ annual “Noël” plate for 1973

Designed by French illustrator and printmaker Remy Hétreau (1913 – 2001)

Prior to the 1950s, “coly” was a more popular lyric in the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas”

Japanese Dragonware 1890-1950

Designs were applied by hand using wet clay called “slip”

Early pieces included dragons with exquisite glass eyes

Many US servicemen brought Dragonware tea sets home as gifts

Irish Belleek 1857 to Present

Originally opened to provide work for those affected by the Potato Famine

Considered one of the world’s finest Parian china makers

Christmas designs replace Belleek’s iconic shamrock design with holly

Children’s Dishes 1880-1950

Fairy tales and nursery rhymes were popular themes on early children’s dishes

Plates often included dividers to separate foods, reservoirs for hot water that kept edibles warm, and sturdy bases to reduce the chance of spills

Carnival Glass Early 1900s

First marketed as an affordable, yet beautiful alternative to Tiffany glass
Quickly billed “Poor Man’s Tiffany,” it soon became a sought after prize at carnivals, but today it is highly collectible

More than 500 colors exist, but marigold and amethyst/purple are the most popular

Debham Pottery 1896 – 1943

The prominent crackled glaze was intentional and perfected in Massachusetts

The “crouching rabbit” was the most common design, but other motifs featured elephants, dolphins, polar bears, chicks, swans, turtles, ducks, butterflies, lilies, clover, and mushrooms

Mulberry Ironstone 1820 – 1860

The pigment came from crushing the fruit of the English black mulberry bush

Although it may look black, mulberry ironstone contains a purple hue

One of three colors of glaze that would “flow;” the others were blue, sepia, and puce